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This week we loved reading 'What the Ladybird Heard.' After the story we worked together in our groups to go on a treasure hunt. We had to find the ladybird that was hiding in the nursery garden. There were lots of hidden clues to help us which told us where we had to look. The children were great at following instructions and understood positional language when they looked under, on top, behind, in front and next to. We had so much fun and were very excited when we finally found the ladybird!
The children have been waiting very patiently for our caterpillars to build their cocoons. It won't be long now, as the caterpillars have eaten lots of food and have grown very big and fat. We have enjoyed finding caterpillars in the garden, so we could look at them in more detail. Niamh described the caterpillar she found as "soft and prickly." The children have also been very creative and have loved painting caterpillars and ladybirds. Ethan painted a beautiful picture showing the life cycle of a butterfly.
We would like to say a huge thank you for attending our father's day event. It was lovely to see so many dads, grandads and family members! Unfortunately due to the weather the events on the morning were cancelled, but we were lucky enough to head out in the sunshine on the afternoon. We hope you all had a lovely time and enjoyed your hot dogs!
We would also like to remind you that our summer 'C Festival" is coming up on Friday 7th July. We would be very grateful if you contribute any unwanted gifts to be used as tombola and raffle prizes. Please could you hand your donations to your child's key worker as soon as possible. Thank you very much!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Sam Moss for really impressing me with his number skills. He was able to independently order the numbers from 0-10 when I muddled them up. What brilliant number work Sam! Abi-Jane for her amazing number recognition and adding skills. Matthew Harrison for showing great care and concern in looking after the caterpillars which he found in the nursery garden. Mia Gibson as she thoroughly enjoyed going on our ladybird hunt and was so engaged whilst looking for "the signs" and finally Fiona Norman for trying very hard to write her name. She is a delight to have in our group and always tries her best at any task. Fantastic work everybody!
The children have been very interested in our tiny visitors this week and have spent a lot of time looking at the caterpillars with the magnifying glasses. Brax commented "they will build a house soon" and Noah replied "then a beautiful butterfly will pop out." We have incorporated the caterpillars into our learning in maths this week. The children were great at ordering them according to length and some of us were able to measure how long they were using cubes. As we enjoyed it so much last week we have continued making beautiful patterns on our butterflies! Some of us were even able to make sure they were the same on both sides.
It has been lovely to see the children using props in their role play and playing more imaginatively. Rosie and Chelsea were playing "Princesses" and decided to build a castle in the nursery garden. The other children noticed what they were doing and everybody worked together to help them. They made "beds and pillows for our heads" and made potions that will "turn your feet into frogs if you are a baddy in our castle" As well as building models outside the children have been getting very creative. Harrison said to his friends "let's make a really long caterpillar" Jack suggested "let's make it as long as the path" Harry found some tyres and said "we've drawn around the circles" The children worked really well together and enjoyed finding natural resources in the garden they could use on their caterpillar.
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Harry Maskell for settling so well into nursery routines. It is lovely to see you exploring the setting and you are so confident during group time! Estelle Gent for recalling the stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. She loved finding caterpillars in the garden and was eager to hold them. Teddy Buston as he has been brilliant at coming straight into group and waving goodbye to his grandma. Teddy has had lots of fun playing outside and in the craft area and is a pleasure to have in the group. Jack Sproat as he was a superstar at our hungry caterpillar memory game and each time understood which item had disappeared and finally Rosaleigh Patton for showing great understanding when talking about symmetry today. She made a beautiful butterfly using pom poms. What fantastic work everybody!
We hope you all had a lovely week off! We are so excited to be back at nursery to start our new topic "Mini-beasts" This week we have been reading one of our favourite stories in nursery; The Very Hungry Caterpillar. All of the children have loved acting out the story and using the props to feed him. We talked about the different foods that the caterpillar eats and the children were confident enough to share their own likes and dislikes. We also looked at whether the food the caterpillar was eating was good or bad for him. We then worked as a group to make some delicious fruit smoothies! Matthew said "I can taste the blueberries" Jorja thought they were "Really delicious!"
We have also been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and had so much fun acting out the different stages. The children have loved getting creative, painting their own beautiful butterfly patterns. Our own caterpillars will be arriving at nursery very soon and it will be lovely to see how they will turn into butterflies!
We have been very lucky this week to have been invited to watch the "One Love" concert that the children in the primary school have organised. We loved watching all of the performances and the nursery children were really well behaved! What a fantastic show, well done to the children for being so brave and performing for us.
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Sydney Meisuria for trying so hard to write his name. He was so determined and showed great perseverance, James Hawkey for settling into the routines of nursery so well. It is lovely to see you exploring nursery independently and you are so confident! Gracie-Lea for always being kind and caring towards other children and being an excellent role model. She has also been trying very hard to write her name. Sammy Wilson for concentrating extremely hard to complete the repeating patterns in our game. Each time he was able to tell me what colour would come next and finally Mia Gibson for always being very helpful, kind and friendly to everyone. She always encourages others to join in her play and will share with her friends. Keep up the good work everybody and a special well done to all of our new starters for settling so well into nursery!
This week we have been learning all about how to stay healthy. We talked about how it is important to do lots of exercise and eat fruit and vegetables every day. We learnt how the farmer prepares his fields and how he grows the vegetables. We then got a chance to cook some vegetable soup. The children helped us to peel and chop the vegetables and we put it in a big pan to cook. Most of the children were very brave and tasted our "yummy" soup.
We have enjoyed looking after our chicks in Nursery and have loved being able to hold them. We are very impressed with how gentle all of the children have been, so as not to scare the chicks. We talked about how to look after the chicks and what they need so they can grow up into a hen. Rosie said they need "chicken food and water" and Brax said "a cage so they don't run away" Well done everybody for being so kind and gentle to our furry friends!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Beaux Poulter as she has grown in confidence and is much more chatty, talking to the other children and staff, Jessica Tingle for joining in PE this week with no adult support. It is lovely to see you much more confident, Niamh Clarey for being able to independently write her name, she has been trying so hard and has finally cracked it, Ella Gustard for being such a great friend to Fern. They have both had a lovely week in nursery playing together and finally Kendyl Clark as she is so polite and always kind to everyone. You are a great role model and an absolute delight to have in nursery.
Thank you again for your continued support and hard work this term in nursery. We hope everybody has a well-deserved break and we will see you all in a week!
What a week! On Wednesday we went on our trip to Hall Hill Farm which was amazing. All the children did us very proud! First of all we went on a big double decker bus which was an adventure in itself for some of the children. When we arrived at the farm we were taken to a barn to leave our bags and be introduced to our guides. Many of the children were able to answer questions about the animals and show the guides what we had been learning in Nursery, which was very impressive. Then we all went to feed the bigger animals around the farm. We fed sheep, goats and alpacas- staff were very impressed with how many children got involved in feeding these animals. After that it was time for the tractor ride "This is great, it's very bumpy" said Finlay. Then it was lunchtime so we went back to the barn to eat our packed lunches (some of the children are very good eaters).
After lunch we visited the smaller animals and had the opportunity to pet and cuddle some rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks. Some of these animals were so relaxed they fell asleep on some of the children's knees. Then we went to feed a lamb with a bottle before heading back to the barn for our treat of a mini milk ice lolly then back to the bus to return to Nursery. Many of the children had a little nap on the way home as it was such a fun but tiring day!
We have also had a surprise in Nursery this week as our eggs have hatched and we now have 5 lovely yellow and black little chicks. The children were very excited when they noticed them "They are very little and cute" said Joey. "They are noisy" said Fern.
This week's little rays of sunshine are Jack Todd for having no tears at the farm and being a very brave boy. Finlay Craggs for participating in every aspect of the farm and listening very carefully to instructions. Paul-Mason Stewart for being so engaged on our farm trip- he had brilliant listening and was very sensible all day. Lilly Reed for being very sensible at the farm and showing staff how independent she is and finally Cameron Evans for answering lots of questions about the animals at the farm and being very kind and caring towards them. Well done to all of these children.
We are getting very excited to meet our chicks as we only have four more days to wait! Therefore we have been talking about the life cycle of a hen. We collected sticks to make our own nests. We talked about how the hen keeps the eggs nice and warm so they can hatch. The children loved pretending to be chicks, cracking out of their eggs using their tiny beaks. Niamh C told us "the mammy hen cuddles the eggs to keep them warm then the chickies peck peck out the egg"
The children have also loved acting out the story of "The Little Red Hen" Just like in the story the children got the chance to bake some bread. We kneaded the dough and moulded it into a small ball shape. The children enjoyed watching their dough rise, but the best part was tasting it. All the children agreed that the bread was very yummy and made our nursery smell delicious!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Katie Beriman for joining in with the little red hen story and doing some brilliant writing outside, Noah Ross for settling so well into the routines of nursery. He was also very confident telling the group all about his adventures with Bella bear, Maisie Sherington for being a superstar and helping to tidy all of the toys away in the garden, Chelsea Hodgson for always trying her hardest during group time. She is kind and caring to the other children, especially our new starters as she has been helping to teach them the rules of our nursery and finally Bobby Dobson for exploring the nursery garden with your friends. Amazing work everyone!